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August 16, 2011


Bruning donates 15 sleeping bags to Bold Nebraska for homeless kids

by Deena Winter

Attorney General Jon Bruning took time out of his day today to donate 15 sleeping bags to Bold Nebraska — stepping up to Bold founder Jane Kleeb’s challenge that he do so in light of his “inartful” recent comment comparing welfare recipients to raccoons scavenging for beetles.

After Bruning stepped into a political minefield with his off-the-cuff remark, Kleeb also asked Bruning to step down from his day job as AG — no word on whether he’s going to take her up on that offer.

Bruning responded to Kleeb’s Tweet challenging him to pitch in to Bold Nebraska’s raccoon comment-inspired drive to collect 100 sleeping bags for homeless children. Bruning’s campaign spokesman, Trent Fellers, said Bruning stopped by his Lincoln campaign office late Tuesday afternoon and gave a staffer his personal credit card to buy 15 sleeping bags for Kleeb’s drive.

Then Fellers and Bruning dropped the bags off at Bold Nebraska’s Lincoln office at 11th and H streets.

“This was completely his idea,” Fellers said. “It’s not like a big political plan. … He’s a big supporter of kids’ charities.”

I was made aware of the donation by Kleeb, not Bruning.

Kleeb said she suggested Bruning donate sleeping bags because many children whose parents are on welfare often sleep on the floor of friends and family — “and a sleeping bag of their own is a welcome and needed item.”

Kleeb — a bold Democrat if there ever was one — took the opportunity to actually compliment Bruning, saying, “From my end, I am proud that Attorney General Bruning acknowledged our concerns about his comment and that he is backing up his apology with action. Nebraskans want our elected officials to be accountable, and I hope Bruning continues to be on the campaign trail over the next year.”

By the way, if you’d like to donate a sleeping bag and help Bold reach their goal of 100, you can drop them off at 1141 H Street, 3rd Floor, or Jane Kleeb’s Home, 1010 North Denver Ave., Hastings or Ryan Sherwood’s office at 3919 S 147th, Suite 120, Omaha (behind the 24-hour Fitness). You can also buy a bag online, where Bold Nebraska created a wish list.

Who says nothing good ever comes from political bickering?

The sleeping bags Bruning donated to Bold Nebraska.

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  1. Aug 18 2011

    Thank you for this post…and your blog. I love that you, New Nebraska Network, Nebraska Watchdog and so many others are writing about politics in our state. Its what we need, more conversation…


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